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Das Philharmonische Tagebuch

Sun, 01. January 2012



New Year's Concert 2012 with Mariss Jansons

New Year's Concert 2012
with Mariss Jansons
Photos: R. Schuster

The Vienna Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons ushered in the New Year in traditional fashion with the 2012 New Year's Concert at the Musikverein in Vienna. The orchestra and conductor presented compositions by the Strauss dynasty - as well as by Ziehrer, Hellmesberger, Lumbye and Tchaikovsky - not only to the audience in attendance in the Golden Hall, but also to millions of television viewers in over 70 countries worldwide.

The two polkas "Tritsch-Tratsch" and "Feuerfest" were performed in their vocal versions with the participation of the Vienna Boys' Choir.

To mark the assumption of the chairmanship of the Council of the European Union by Denmark on January 1, 2012, the "Copenhagen Steam Railway Gallop" by Hans Christian Lumbye, the Danish composer who became known as the "Strauss of the North", was performed for the first time on the New Year's Concert.

The second half of the concert opened with "Danse Diabolique", a work of virtuosity and brilliance, composed by the former first violinist, concertmaster and conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic, Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr. 

The composer who employed the waltz form more often than any other of the great symphonists, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was represented for the first time on the New Year's Concert with two compositions, "Panorama" and "Waltz", from "Sleeping Beauty."  

The New Year's Concert was televised for the 54th time live from the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein by the Austrian Broadcasting Co. This year television viewers were treated to three live ballet interludes from the Upper Belvedere, performed by soloists and corps de ballet from the Vienna State Ballet.

In view of the tradition of the New Year's Concerts, which began during the Second World War, the Vienna Philharmonic performs the concert even today not only as a presentation of Viennese musical culture at the highest level, but also to send the world a New Year's greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship and peace.

Program of the New Year's Concert 2012

Photo Gallery New Year's Concert 2012



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